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Michael Moorhead

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Michael Moorhead's areas of expertise include thermal and fluid sciences, with research interests in micro-scale heat transfer, biological fluid mechanics and flow visualization. He was chairman of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering's Human Powered Vehicle Challenge Committee after advising Rose-Hulman's award-winning team. He helped expand the ASME competitions worldwide, with most recent events in Latin America and India. Dr. Moorhead has industry experience working in engineering and research for the Institute for Defense Analyses, Carrier Corporation and General Electric. He spent the past school year on a sabbatical teaching in Iceland. In his free time, Dr. Moorhead enjoys cycling.

Teaching Interests

  • Thermal and fluid sciences
  • Measurement systems
  • Advising interdisciplinary competition project teams

Research Experiences

  • Experimental fluid mechanics and heat transfer
  • Human powered vehicles

Publications & Presentations

  • Moorhead, M. S., Avedisian, C., Thomas, K. and Alexander, Y., “Determining the Thermal Conductivity of W/B4C Multilayer Structures Using Photothermal Deflection Spectroscopy,”  AIAA/ASME Joint Thermophysics and Heat Transfer Conference, Chicago, 2010
  • Redenbarger, P. D. and Moorhead, M. S.,  “Sweating and Frosting of Vacuum Insulated Cryogenic Fluid Transfer and Storage Equipment,” Cold Facts, Vol. 26, 18-23, 2010
  • Moorhead, M. S., “Effect of Scale on Thermal Properties,”  Introductory MEMS:  Fabrication and Applications, Springer Publishers, New York, 310-312, 2010

Awards & Honors

  • National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellow, 2002

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Cornell University, 2009
  • MS, Cornell University, 2004
  • BS, MS, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1999